Abstract # 2975 Event # 139:

Scheduled for Sunday, September 18, 2011 01:00 PM-04:15 PM: Session 19 (Salon F (Sixth Floor)) Symposium


A. M. Dettmer
University of Pittsburgh, Department of Psychiatry, Pittsburgh, PA 15239, USA
     Nonhuman primates serve as excellent models for understanding normal and abnormal reproductive functioning in humans due to their similarities in genetics, physiology, and social behavior. Multiple factors influence reproductive functioning, including hormones, genes, environment, social relationships, and even strategic interactions. An understanding of the various factors that contribute to normal and abnormal reproductive functioning can have implications for both nonhuman and human primate research. This symposium brings together scientists in this area of primate research, which collectively present a multi-faceted approach to exploring the underlying causes of reproductive function and dysfunction in nonhuman primates. Judy Cameron, an ASP Featured Speaker, will present her work on stress-induced reproductive dysfunction in cynomologus macaques (M. fascicularis). Toni Ziegler and Jeff French will discuss the behavioral neuroendocrine aspects of reproductive function in male and female New World primates (Callithrix, Leontopithecus, Sanguinus spp.). Greg Blomquist will present his field research on the genetics of female reproductive fitness in rhesus macaques (M. mulatta). Melissa Emery Thompson will discuss sexually coercive behavior and other factors surrounding reproductive development in wild apes (Pan, Pongo spp.). Together, these presentations will illustrate the multiple factors influencing reproductive functioning in nonhuman primates and will provide valuable insight into similar processes in humans.